Irishmen could very well drop their Guinnesses and pick up the bong, as the legalization of medical marijuana could be legalized in Ireland as early as next year.
The Department of Health in the country is bringing legislation forward for medical marijuana, which could be passed in 2013.
Currently, Irish law, under the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act, prohibits the manufacture, production, preparation, sale, supply, distribution and possession of cannabis or cannabis-based medicinal products for any reason except for the purposes of research.
Irish stoners without detrimental ailments beware – this legislation is only for medical marijuana, and not marijuana for recreational use.
One drug company is seeking permission to sell a product “for the relief of symptoms of spasticity for people with multiple sclerosis.”
“Clinical trials in Ireland relating to this cannabis-based product will not be required,” said a Department spokesperson.
“Department officials have been engaging with experts on how best to legally describe authorized cannabis-based medicinal products while maintaining existing controls on cannabis and cannabis substances to enable such authorized medicinal products to be prescribed in Ireland.
“While it is not possible to set out an exact timeframe, it is hoped to bring forward legislative proposals in early 2013.”
So don’t roll up those four-leaf clovers just yet!
Stephen Willard | Elite.